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Okarche severe thunderstorm / record rainfall

A severe thunderstorm moved through Okarche on August 10th.  After review of the data, a 60 mph wind gust was recorded at 5:12 pm CDT.  This is the second severe thunderstorm event this year in Okarche.

During the storm, the recording rain gauge (tipping bucket) measured one inch of rain in 23 minutes.  Because the tipping bucket doesn’t usually handle heavy rain well, one inch likely occurred in just 20 minutes or less – or a three inch per hour rate!

The total precipitation in Okarche on August 10th was a record setting 2.21 inches.  The previous record was 0.46 of an inch set in 1996.

Precipitation record book updated

Almost hard to believe after May, June and July fell into drought that this portion of the record book would be updated.  Measurable rainfall fell on seven consecutive days from July 31st until August 6th.  This ties for the third longest such streak.  Rain on the 7th would have tied the overall record at eight days, but it didn’t come.  Here’s how the precipitation broke down:

And how the record book looks now:

June: Slightly cooler than average, much drier

The average temperature in Okarche during the month of June was 77.5 degrees which was 0.5 of a degree below average.  This was the third month in a row of below average temperature, after starting 2017 with three months of above average.

Had it not been for our wet first four months of the year, we would be in big trouble right now.  May came in well below average, and for the second year in a row, June was the forth driest of record.  The total precipitation was 1.49 inches which was 3.24 inches below (or 32 percent of) average.


1. 1994 – 0.69

2. 1998 – 0.76

3. 1990 – 0.90

4. 2017 – 1.49

5. 2016 – 1.54

Spring Rainfall Top 5

The total precipitation in Okarche for Spring 2017 was 16.87 inches.  This is well above (149 percent) the average of 11.33 inches.  It was the 5th wettest Spring of record.

The average temperature from March through May was 60.8 degrees which was 0.9 of a degree above average.